Archive: Around Town

Our Tribeca Film Festival Inspiration!

tribeca film festivalWe’re inspired by the movies this week as the area is bustling with Tribeca Film Festival activities! Meet ya at the movies!

1. Limo by Oeuf NYC, for easy transport to premieres! 2. Hollywood ready starlet jumpsuit  by NuNuNu 3. Paparazzi repellants by Sons + Daughters 4. T-shirt homage to 3-D flicks by Milk on the Rocks 5. Darth Vader & Son book 6. Saturday Night Fever goes feline with La Miniatura.

Babesta will be at the Family Festival this Saturday! Be sure to stop by and say hi on Greenwich Street!

 

Over Easy? The Fabrege Big Egg Hunt is on til April 17th.

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Here’s a great weekend pick! Download the app and hit the city – all five boroughs to find the artist decorated eggs ‘hidden’ all over. Just check in to “find” them – there are 275 giant eggs out there!  It’s the first year this event has been held in New York – let’s show ‘em how it’s done. The egg-stravaganza sponsored by uber egg purveyor Fabrege features eggs by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Zaha Hadid and Julian Schnabel. When it’s all said & done the eggs will be  auctioned off at Sotheby’s, with proceeds going to  Elephant Family and Studio in a School. Happy hunting!

pictured: Egg designed by Martin Handford, creator of Where’s Waldo. (AP Photo/HL Group, Maverick Inman) The Associated Press

Join us at the Tribeca Family Festival

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 12.29.37 PMMark your calendars for April 26 is this year’s family festival in Tribeca. This amazing outdoor fair features a wide array of free activities and performances, as well as lots of food & wares from the local community. We’ve been going for nearly seven years, and it never fails to be an awesome day!

Some highlights this year include a film making experience with  Tribeca Studios backlot where you get to perform in front of a green screen,  a live chef demonstration from a local restaurant, kite flying, video game playing in the Games for Change Public Arcade, and my personal favorite, making life-size bubbles in the Bubble Garden. There are tons more arts & crafts and more going on all day. There are also free screenings!

We can’t wait to see you there! We’ll be somewhere along Greenwich street so please pop in and say hi! We’ll be tweeting & instagraming throughout the day and we’re hoping to have some special new things, not seen in store yet, just for our booth!

 

 

To Do in NY: Street Art Exhibit at MCNY

city as canvas

We’re totally excited about the exhibit City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York going on now. The robust art collection of street artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) is on display until July 27th, and it’s something to see. Wong, who was a noted East Village artist, had amassed a collection of his contemporaries’ work in the 70s and 80s, including art by Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Futura 2000 and more. His collection, as well as Wong’s own work, much of which has never been seen, will be on display at this encyclopedic exhibit of street art styles and techniques. The show is a celebration of urban self-expressionism, housed in the lovely and bite-sized Museum of the City of New York, strategically located right next to Central Park at 103rd. Runs February 4–July 27, 2014.

Shown: A-OneThe Spirit of the Soul (1989), Keith Haring artwork, Keith Haring Foundation; City as Canvas (Rizzoli). Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of

 

 

Musical Subway Turnstiles? We’re all for ‘em!

I’m an avid subway rider – it’s the easiest way to get around this city (and I don’t totally understand the bus system). When I read in NY Mag about one intrepid creative’s  (none other than LCD Soundstystem’s former frontman, James Murphy) concept of adding some music to the turnstile, I got excited. I remember seeing the piano stairs in the past and other such concepts, and love the idea of bringing a little fun and something unexpected to a rote ride uptown. Like wind chimes for people…Come on MTA, lighten up & let the music play! Read about James Murphy & the musical subway in NY Mag.

Kids envision an underground park in NYC – “Lowline” at Mark Miller Gallery

Lowline project

We thought it  was a super cool idea–an underground park–in NYC.It’s the kind of thing a kid could really sink his or her creative juices into-imagining underground pools and mazes, lights and (gulp) animals. And a bunch of lucky middle schoolers got just that chance! Until March 9, students’ fantasy parks, with 3-d modeling, are on display at Mark Miller Gallery sponsored by the Young Designers Program. The Lowline is a proposal for an underground park underneath Delancy Street. Read more about it on Coolhunting or visit Mark Miller Gallery. via Coolhunting.

Fly Ride! The Yoyo stroller by Baby Zen at Babesta Cribz

The new BabyZen Yoyo stroller is the talk of the town for the travel set these days. It folds down to airline “carry-on” size, so that you can avoid the gate check! This easy lightweight stroller feels sturdy and the comfy seat is perfect for an on-the-go babe. When not in use, it features an easy carry strap, so is simple to transport. We have a sample in the store (though it officially launches later on in the spring.) We’re taking pre-orders, so if you’re smitten, we’ll give you first dibs! Here’s a quick demo video! $469.Shop BabyZen here!

Fashion tackles Football with designer helmets!

Dennis Basso haute couture football helmet

Can’t help but love these Haute Couture football helmets by designers like Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg and Narciso Rodriguez. This fundraiser, brainchild of the National Football League, CFDA and Bloomingdale’s challenged designers to create over-the-top fashionable helmets. The helmets (that are on view at Bloomies) will be auctioned off February 4th to benefit the NFL foundation that supports sports programs through grants and helps educate about childhood obesity, nutrition and the importance of physical activity. Wanna bid? go to Bloomingdales.com/superbowlhelmets to just do it! Then check out Babesta’s Super Bowl picks, including some Rockin Green detergent (football is a dirty game!), a Man of the House Onesie for the wee one to lay back in his bouncer & watch the game, a DIY Horse (bronco? – and I’m just saying, it’s the year of the horse!), and a  time capsule to remember the day forever!

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Now this is a 10th Birthday!

Tristin and Tyler twin bloggers

Our friends Tristin & Tyler just celebrated their 10th in style, sponsored by Diesel, at Pink Elephant Club in NYC. The dance party commenced with a DJ lesson for the boys & friends and as the music pumped (thanks to 10 year old DJ Kai), some dancers came out to lead the kids in some serious club-ready dance moves! Pretty much everyone was decked in neon bracelets, flashing rings, disco balls and even flashing dayglo sunglasses. It was quite a scene & made me wonder, what next year? At 16? at 21? Mom, you’ve got your work cut out for you! And, by the way, are you free to plan my next shindig? -xx j

Video Games Extravaganza at the Museum of the Moving Image

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Your kid as obsessed as mine with MINECRAFT? Might want to head out to the Museum of the Moving Image and check out “Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games.” The interactive exhibition (read playable) of more than two dozen games that represent the “indie” scene. Museum Of The Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, Queens. Opens Saturday, December 14.
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Here’s a list of the games featured in the exhibit (to gauge age-appropriateness).